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Adamawa Queen emerges Miss Nigeria

Adamawa state queen, Mildred Ehiguese, has emerged as the new Miss Nigeria at the beauty pageant concluded on early on Friday at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island in Lagos State.

Ehiguese replaces Chioma Obiadi who represented Anambra state.

The pageant’s organiser and publisher of The Daily Times of Nigeria, Mr Fidelis Anosike, had said that he is using the show to define the Nigerian woman.

Miss Nigeria, formed in 1957 with the Motto, “Empowering Women Beyond Beauty’’, is an annual beauty pageant show which showcases positive attributes of Nigerian women and awards university scholarships.

The winner portrays exemplary qualities and serves as a role model for young women in the country. The pageant is organised by Daily Times Nigeria (DTN).

The current title holder is a Geology student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and former Miss Earth Nigeria Chioma Stephanie Obiadi, who represented Anambra.

The journey to this year’s finale started in November when auditions were held in three cities of Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos within over a one-week period.

From personal photography sessions from Studio 24, using cool photo props, there were also monopoly games and passion project activities to keep the ladies entertained with refreshments.

The auditions started at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Nov. 7 with an impressive turnout of contestants from the Northern region who showed up for a chance to become the next queen.

The contestants were judged by George Okoro (Photographer and Lifestyle Magazine Publisher), Adama Indimi (CEO Reign by Adama Lashes), Ogugua Okonkwo (CEO Style Temple) and Andy Ogbechei (Creative Director, A-Squared Network).

They served as the guest judges at this phase of the auditions, accompanied by Enyinne Owunwanne (CEO, Times Multimedia – organisers of the Miss Nigeria pageant).

The team moved to Port Harcourt on Nov. 9 to receive contestants from the South-South/South-East region at the Echelon Heights Hotel, before heading to Lagos where the audition was held at the Times Multimedia, Lagos Headquarters.

From there, the 37 semi-finalists were announced in a special Instagram Live Session, setting the stage for Thursday’s grand finale.

The boot-camp ended on December 18, after which the girls went to Ilorin to meet the first ever Miss Nigeria, 86-years-old Mama Grace Oyelude.

NAN reports that in 2005, Anosike, young and bustling, took over a decapitated Daily Times and set out to revamp the vintage legacy of the publication.

He has since set his sights on rewriting the story of Miss Nigeria and graft in new chapters filled with hope, dignity, and value.

“For us, Daily Times, Miss Nigeria is one and the same,’’ Anosike said on Tuesday, shedding light on what Nigerians should expect,” he said on Tuesday in Lagos.

“The show is going to be the premier platform that the company’s products, services, and different people can use to connect to every woman.

“Every woman is a queen. What we’ve been doing over the past 10 years is to get the Pageant to metamorphose into what it should be.

“This year, we are going from strength to strength. Every state has got its own representative. And it’s also important to note that Miss Nigeria is 60 years old having been founded in 1957.

“This year, we are also able to do a proper boot-camp; all the semi-finalists met with several prominent Nigerians, including the Director-General of The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), who is the purpose-partner for this year’s pageant.

“This year’s Miss Nigeria will be crowned as the ambassador for Human Trafficking, and she will spend her time and energy working with NAPTIP to raise awareness about the ills of human trafficking and try as much as possible to contribute her quota to ending the illicit trade.

“We also had a couple of top women personalities who went into the boot-camp to talk to the girls.’’

Anosike said that Miss Nigeria had been fully restored to its original intent, which is to be a platform for young female empowerment in Nigeria,

“We want to use it to raise the voices of women. We believe that every Miss Nigeria will also take on these issues, raising the voices of women, especially as it relates to issues around the environment.

“We have very solid partnerships with over 30 media houses and everybody has now come to understand that this is a national pageant and not a beauty pageant,’’ he said.

On plans to balance the moral debauchery associated with beauty pageants, Anosike said about the content of Miss Nigeria that “it’s all about communication, about purpose; it is about people understanding that this is a platform for female empowerment.

“Every woman is a queen — mothers are queens, sisters are queens. This epitomises ‘queenship’. Miss Nigeria is supposed to be a role model for young women.

“What we are doing is building a purpose into the show, so, it is beauty and brains. The idea is to be able to inspire young women.

“We don’t do all those beauty pageant stuff where they go onstage and take off their clothes.

“We don’t commoditise women. Miss Nigeria has stopped that a long time ago. And that’s one of the reasons why we don’t send anybody to Miss World or Miss Universe because they go there and do all these kind of things.

“Miss Nigeria focuses on issues that affect Nigerian women; she is an ambassador of culture, of purpose, of the environment. We want her to focus on the Nigerian people,’’ he said.

The publisher of The Daily Times of Nigeria said that Miss Nigeria did not need any validation from anywhere, adding that she did not need to go outside to win anything. It’s a national brand, not a beauty brand.

“The girls have their calendars planned and we have partners that will keep them busy because we want them to have a purpose. Going for international beauty contest is a colonial mentality.

“Queens don’t compete, they reign. You can’t say you are Nigeria’s Queen and go outside and be competing with other people.’’

On the challenge in organising the event, Anosike said it was the struggle to recreate the show’s purpose.

“The basic challenge we had was to be able to recreate the purpose for which this pageant was founded in 1957,’’ he said.

“Now, we have got it right; and we know this because of the responses we are receiving. We have people entering from Zamfara; from Kano.

“It’s going to be a beautiful show. We are trying to make the show like the Oscars, so it will be a fusion of fashion, beauty and everything good about Nigeria.

“The contestants have to know about the states they are representing. We also want to use this to help to promote our history and heritage. We must be proud of who we are.

“Nigeria has come of age; we’ve seen what people have done in the music industry. That’s the kind of inspiration that we want to draw on.’’

Anosike also said that when the pageant started, then, contestants were required to post their photographs to the Times headquarters in Lagos, before the finalists were shortlisted and invited to compete at the Lagos Island Club.

He said it was the premier pageant in the country, and was a powerful medium which empowered several young Nigerian women, and inspired the country as a whole.

The pageant was hosted by Bovi, Ebuka, Olive Emodi and Lala Akindoju; and 2face Idibia is set to perform.

NAN

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Atiku meets North East PDP leaders ahead of defection

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the weekend met with Adamawa PDP executives at all levels, as well as state chairmen from the six states that constitute the North East, including the National Vice Chairman (North East) of the party.

Atiku had hours after dumping the APC on Friday relocated to Yola, the Adamawa State capital where he was consulting with various interests groups.atiku

READ MORE AT: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/atiku-meets-north-east-pdp-leaders-ahead-of-defection.html

 

N300 Million: Adamawa State Dam.

Adamawa State Government approved N300 million for the construction of an earth dam in Nasarawo, in Demsa Local Government Area.

Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Rufa’i Ahmed, told journalists shortly after the state executive council meeting in Yola.

The dam, when constructed, would end the problem of water supply as well as enhance irrigation activities in the area.

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He said that the construction would commence as soon as the money was released.

Alhaji Hassan Pakka, Commissioner for Rural Infrastructure, also announced that the council approved electrification of some rural communities in the state.

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Pakka said that the electrification was not just for beautification but for security purpose.

He said that the benefiting communities were devastated by the insurgency, adding that the electrification would go a long way in rehabilitation of the rural communities.

Alhaji Ahmadu Waziri, Commissioner for Agriculture, said that the council also approved N70 million to upgrade physical infrastructure in the Adamawa State College of Agriculture, Ganye.

Waziri said that part of the funds would be utilised for the rehabilitation of some dilapidated classrooms and laboratories as part of the requirement for the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) accreditation.

He recalled that Gov. Mohammed Bindow, had earlier promised to renovate the college.

The commissioner said that the ministry had already completed the procurement process and was about to access the funds.

He said that the NBTE would be invited for the accreditation upon the completion of the renovation works.

NAN

 

7 DEAD IN ADAMAWA ATACK

Seven people has been confirmed the dead by the Adamawa State Government, in an early morning attack on Midlu village of Vapura ward in Madagali Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

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Malam Ahmad Sajoh, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, confirmed the disheartening news to newsmen in Yola.

He stated that the insurgents attacked the village and killed six people while one of the attackers was also killed.

They (insurgents) attacked around 2 a.m. killing six people while one of them was killed by hunters.

Soldiers and hunters have dislodged them from the area, Sajoh said.

Meanwhile, the councillor representing the ward in Madagali  Local Government Council, Mr Bulus Dauda, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  that his people had vacated the area.

 

Yakubu Gowon, Nyako lead prayer for Buhari in Adamawa

On Monday, February 27, a former head of state Yakubu Gowon and a former governor of Adamawa state Murtala Nyako led many Nigerians in prayers for President Buhari

 The prayers – a Christian and Muslim session – took place in two different locations in the state

The groups during the prayers reaffirmed their confidence in the President Buhari/ All Progressives Congress administration

Yakubu Gowon, Nyako lead prayer for Buhari in Adamawa

As President Muhammadu Buhari continues his medical vacation in London, prayers for his quick recovery has seems endless.

On Monday, February 27, a former head of state Yakubu Gowon and a former governor of Adamawa state Murtala Nyako led many Nigerians in prayers for President Buhari.

The prayers – a Christian and Muslim session -occurred in two different locations in the state.

The groups during the prayers reaffirmed their confidence in the President Buhari/ All Progressives Congress administration

Punch reports that Adamawa state also witnessed various intercessory prayers for President Buhari and the acting president Yemi Osinbajo.

Leading the Christian group at the annual convention of the Diocesan Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria in Demsa Gowon prayed for a divine intervention in the health of President Buhari.

He said the survival of Nigeria as a nation lies in the tolerance by both religions.

Gowon said: “We are all God’s children; this is the time our unity as a people will also be put to test. For me, the survival of the nation lies in our tolerance. If it is well with President Muhammadu Buhari, it will be well with our nation.

“So, we all need to come together, irrespective of our religion, to ask for divine intervention in the health of the President as well as his speedy recovery,” Gowon said.

Also, the Adamawa state govenor Muhammad Jibrilla urged all Nigerians to join hands in praying for the president

Jibrilla said: “I beg all of you in the name of God to respect and honour your leaders. So, let us pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari because that is what God commanded us concerning our leaders. We all voted for Buhari; we will also pray for him together.”

In another session, the former governor of the state who was represented by his son, Abdul’Aziz Nyako said the people of the North-East would continue to pray for President Buhari’s quick recovery and return to Nigeria.

He also assured that no vacuum has been created by the president’s leave.

Nyako further commended the efforts made by the acting president in moving the nation forward.

source: naij.com

NIS arrests 128 foreigners attempting to obtain Nigerian ID Cards

The Command Comptroller, Sule Wunti, disclosed this on Wednesday in Yola in a review of the activities of the command for 2016.

Mr. Wunti said those arrested comprised 63 Cameroonians, 31 Chadians, 27 Nigeriens and seven Malians.

He said that the command processed 39 applications for Regularization of Stay, 56 for Combine Expatriate Resident Permit Aliens Card (CERPAC) and 92 for extension of visitor pass in 2016.

“Due to current border closure that affects Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, 20 non-Nigerians were repatriated and three non-Nigerians were refused admission. They are a Cameroonian, a Chinese and Norwegian nationals.”

Mr. Wunti further disclosed that 17 foreigners were currently serving various jail terms in Adamawa prisons.

He said the command lost four staff last year, while 121 staff were promoted.

Mr. Wunti said that the command generated a revenue of over N80 million.

“Despite these modest achievement in the year 2016 the command couldn’t tap its full potential due to some challenges such as inadequate logistics, permanent office structure and accommodation for both senior and junior staff alike.

“However, the command will do its best in offering prompt and efficient service to those in need of our facilities which includes both foreigners and Nigerians alike,” Mr. Wunti said.

He said the state command has one area office, 13 Control Posts and 10 Border Patrol Bases.

Highlight of the briefing was the decoration of some newly promoted officers with their new ranks.

Source: premiumtimesng

Nigerian Army Frees 257 Boko Haram Detainees

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who received the rescued persons from the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Leo Irabor, during Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Maiduguri, said the military has made this year’s occasion unique after the fall of Sambisa Forest.


The Nigerian Army on Thursday freed 257 suspected Boko Haram detainees, according to an announcement made by the military at the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Maiduguri on Sunday.

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who received the rescued persons from the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Leo Irabor, during Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Maiduguri, said the military has made this year’s occasion unique after the fall of Sambisa Forest.

Mr. Irabor said the freed detainees have no links with Boko Haram after several investigations were carried out by security agencies.

“The 257 Boko Haram detainees have been screened and found to be innocent. The Army Day celebrations have afforded us the opportunity to free them to mark the occasion,” Mr. Irabor said.

While responding, Mr. Shettima, represented by his deputy , Mamman Durkwa, paid tribute to the fallen heroes, who he said paid the supreme price for the unity of the nation.

“We must be committed to ensure that the labors of our heroes past are not in vain. I commend the Nigerian military and other security agencies for wiping out terrorists from Sambisa Forest. In fact, it makes this year’s remembrance ceremony unique,” Mr. Durkwa said.

Nigerian troops and Commander visit Kuda community in Adamawa after Boko Haram attack

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Sahara Reporters, New York